Dwight Howard’s Houston Rockets return remains uncertain after he underwent plasma rich replacement therapy on his right knee earlier this week.
The treatment is the same procedure Lakers star and Howard’s former teammate Kobe Bryant underwent in 2013. Howard told the Houston Chronicle he underwent the procedure on Friday, just hours after he was a late scratch in the Lakers 98-92 win over the Rockets.
Calling the injury a strained right knee, the Rockets have since listed him as day-to-day. Howard told reporters he will wait to see “how he feels” before determining if he will attempt to play Saturday night against Dallas.
To hear Rockets coach Kevin McHale speak, that decision already seems to be made. McHale told reporters his All-Star center is “probably” out. Some are also speculating the Rockets could be growing more concerned about the long-term stability of the ten-year veteran’s knee.
It’s been a trying week for Howard, who reportedly is also being investigated by police after being hit with child-abuse allegations. Several media outlets have reported the mother of Howard’s young son told investigators the boy suffered bruises and abrasions at the hands of his father.
Reportedly, Howard admitted to police that he whipped the boy with a belt as a form of discipline. Howard also told authorities he didn’t see anything wrong with his actions because it was the same way he was raised as a child. The investigation is rumored to be ongoing.
In ten games for the Rockets this season, Howard is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. He has averaged double-figures in scoring and rebounding in each of his NBA seasons. His best season came with the Magic in 2010-11, when he averaged 22.9 rebounds, 14.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
After the Mavericks game, the Rockets play four games (Knicks, Kings, Clippers and Bucks) in seven days.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]